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Ethan Hastert, Denny Hastert's Son, Running For Father's Congressional Seat

First Posted: 07/09/09 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 02:25 PM ET

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GENEVA, Ill. (AP) -- Former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert's son, Ethan Hastert, has announced he'll run for his father's Chicago-area seat in Congress.

The 31-year-old Hastert said Monday he would begin campaigning and fundraising for the 14th District seat. Dennis Hastert held the seat for 20 years and was the longest-serving Republican House Speaker. He announced in August 2007 that he would not seek reelection.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster of Batavia won the seat in the November general election.

The younger Hastert has never held elected office. The self-described economic and social conservative grew up in Yorkville and now is an attorney from Elburn.

He says he hopes to be part of the district's "next generation of leadership."

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